The Dockyard shortlisted for The Historic England Angel Awards

The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust are delighted to announce they have been shortlisted for The Historic England Angel Awards in the category of Best Major Regeneration of a Historic Building or Place.

The award recognises projects that have seen large scale investment put into saving, rescuing or regenerating a building or place. The award criteria look for the need of the specific project, completeness, passion, perseverance, legacy, and imagination. This category includes locally and nationally listed buildings that appear on a recognised heritage register.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award which recognises the 34-year story Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has embarked upon following its closure as an operational dockyard in 1984.  The regeneration, restoration and preservation of the 80 acre Historic Dockyard site has seen an entrepreneurial approach taken to maximise return from our heritage assets, either to enhance our visitor experience or to generate sustainable income which supports us to meet our charitable objectives.  We are thrilled that the site has been recognised in this way and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of our Trustees, staff and volunteers.  We are keeping our fingers crossed and wish all the shortlisted projects the best of luck.” –  Paul Barnard, Director of Development and Communications (Assistant Chief Executive) at The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

Over the last few years, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has undertaken a strategy of “Preservation through reuse” that has seen the 80-acre historic site transformed from a dilapidated post-industrial site into a thriving mixed-use community which is visited by over 170,000 visitors each year.  Over 100 businesses and 400 people also call this place home – utilising 47 Scheduled Ancient Monuments and Listed Buildings alongside a total of 100 buildings across the wider site.  Our Command of the Oceans was a project (opened in 2016), has since won numerous awards for its architecture and the visitor experience it brings to the community and wider visitation. Many other buildings have been transformed for use by the University of Kent.

Most recently, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has undertaken an ambitious project to transform the Fitted Rigging House, creating new opportunities for businesses to locate within the building, supporting the wider sustainability of The Historic Dockyard site.  The project will also provide a new Volunteer Centre of Excellence and improved library and archive with easier access for the public.

The Heritage Angels awards celebrate the efforts of people taking action to champion their local heritage. Founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the winners will be chosen from a panel of judges from all over the UK including Andrew Lloyd Webber himself.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, who founded the Historic England Angel Awards in 2011, said: “I am thrilled to see the wide range of heritage projects included in the shortlist for the 2018 Historic England Angel Awards. This year we can truly call the Angel Awards a national celebration with England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and, for the first time, Wales hosting Heritage Angel Awards. Everyone involved in these projects deserves to be recognised and congratulated on the vital role they play in protecting unique heritage, buildings, landscapes and craft skills for future generations. I am excited that for the first time we will be crowning an overall UL winner at the final ceremony.”

Vote for us!

While the five category winners will be decided by a panel of expert judges, each project is now seeking the public’s support to win a further award. All 15 shortlisted projects – three per category – are in the running for the Historic England People’s Favourite award chosen solely by the public. Voting is now open!

Cast your vote at Voting closes 18 Nov 2018.

The winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a ceremony at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, London on 27 November 2018.

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